l. 3 days/2 nights D/B/B in the lovely County of Yorkshire includes excursions. Click on Day Trips for full details


2. Turkey n Tinsel Scotland 5 days/4 nights D/B/B. excursions and entertainment included. Click on Day Trips for full details




Sandstone Trail Ramble

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7 Ramblers completed a 9 mile trek yesterday on part of the Sandstone trail in Cheshire. Starting from the uniquely named Copper Mines Lane we spent 4 hours walking part of the linear route which is one of Julia Bradbury’s top 100 walks. Passing through the village of Burwardsley, we negotiated paths which were ankle deep in mud to ascend to the trig point at Rawhead, the highest point of the trail, at 746 feet above sea level.In spite of the recent rain, the day was sunny with bright skies, which meant we had amazing views across the Cheshire Plain into Wales from the tops of the hills and a great view of Beeston Castle from the valley floor..The varied route took us along country lanes, woodland paths  and several steep ascents, which made everyone  (except Alan) realise how unfit we all are after the winter period when walks have been more sedate. Returning to our start point we had a quick journey to the Bickerton Poacher, where a lovely late lunch and welcome drinks were thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks to Alan for the recce and the great walk. Our next ramble is on Thursday 4th April, when we will be walking in the Douglas Valley.(This is an amendment of the advertised programme) Details will be posted in due course

12th March update £818

Thank you again to all our members who have so generously sponsored Maria Mullin to run in the London Marathon in April to raise money for Dementia Revolution.

So far you have raised £818 to help fund research to fight this dreadful disease.

She will be running in memory of her grandad George who enjoyed many happy years in our U3A before he died.

If you would still like to help you can donate online here. For offline donations please see Wanda & Brian Leach at Tuesday coffee mornings.

New Group? Calligraphy Meeting 19/03

One of our members has donated a beginners book on Calligraphy and some starter sets.  We asked at the coffee morning yesterday if anyone is interesting in having a go.  We do not have a leader so it would be a group of people learning as they go,  Four people have already shown interest . So if you are interested please text or ring me (Brenda McKenzie) on 07900525222.  I plan to hold a meeting at the coffee morning next week at 10.45 at the Group Support desk for interested people, to see if we can move this group forward.

Bird Watching

Thursday 21st March 10.30am, High Tide birdwatch at Parkgate, Wirral with RSPB. Free parking at Old Baths car park ( CH64 6RN), north end of the Parade or Wirral Country Car Park on Station road (CH64 6QJ). Contact June Avery on 526-9118 or email juneavery@btinternet.com if you want to come along.

Thursday 11th April 10am, Meresands nature reserve, Rufford, L40 1TG. A walk around the reserve. Plenty of bird hides. Toilets. Car Parking charges apply. Contact June Avery if you want to come along.

I will be arranging a visit to Wigan Flashes with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. I am waiting for them to get back to me with a date. Wigan Flashes is a large area of wetland formed from previous coal extraction

I am also arranging a visit to RSPB Leighton Moss, Silverdale, near Morecambe in May. Given the location I will hire a mini bus but I can only do this if enough people are interested. I am waiting for the RSPB to confirm the dates they can give us a guided tour.

Law for Fun UPDATE

The Law for Fun group is now full.  50 people have purchased tickets to attend the first meeting of this group on 21st March at Lydiate Village Hall Lambshear Lane 2-4pm.  Only people with tickets can attend the first meeting of this group.  We may be able to have a second group in the future if we have enough people.

Around the world in Maths 4 Fun

We had a very enjoyable afternoon today discovering links between Newcastle and Valencia, Madrid and New York, Tokyo and Adelaide, and Montevideo and Cape Town.

Our voyage around Latitude and Longitude revived some long forgotten facts about circles and angles, and having tackled time zones and the International Date Line, we think we now all know our place in the world.

We welcomed some new members, and started with warm-up ice-breakers such as:
A family gathering had a mother, father, daughter, son, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, brother, sister and cousin. If there were only 4 people there, who were they?

If you can’t work it out, ask one of the maths group or come along and join us next time, Wednesday 3rd April at Kensington House at 2.30 when we will be looking at Strategies for Sudoku, Kakuro and other fiendish puzzles.

Garden Visits – Plas Cadnant

A visit to Plas Cadnant, Anglesey and The Hidden Gardens Wednesday,1st May 2019.  In1996 work began on the restoration of the historic garden and grounds, home of the Price family since 1804.  In the visitors centre you can learn about the history of Plas Cadnant,  going back to the Iron Age. The picturesque valley is a plant persons paradise, with a walled garden, waterfalls and much more. There is also a traditional tearoom serving homemade light lunches, scones and cakes served with silver pots of tea or  freshly brewed coffee.

We will first stop at the lovely garden centre “Fron Goch” to have a look around or be tempted from its award winning restaurant then travel to Fron Cadnant.

Cost £23 including Tea/coffee and piece of Lemon drizzle cake.

Depart: Maghull Square 8.30am.

Return: Maghull Square 6pm approx

Liver Buildings and BME 9th May 2019

At the Liver Buildings the tours are every 15 minutes and each tour can take 14 members. We propose (at this stage) 3 tours at 10.15am ,10.30am and 10.45am.

After the Liver Building tour we will visit the British Music Experience which is housed in the Cunard Building There is an exhibition of music, instruments and lots of other music orientated items etc from the 40’s to present day.

Lunch at BME extra cost £7 , (£5 saving negotiated) , therefore £2 required from members , choice of 7 sandwiches , side salad , drink and muffin , members require to make choice.

The cost for both visits is £30.00 per member (£32 if lunch is taken) . Please see GJohn Chapman at Architecture for Fun desk